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Thu May 3, 2012
Magnolia Grill Closing
One of the most well-respected restaurants in the Triangle is closing its doors. Magnolia Grill in Durham has been a culinary powerhouse for 25 years.
Leoneda Inge: Most people got the word yesterday that the award-winning Magnolia Grill is closing its kitchen for good. Nick Powell says his family has never had a bad dish at Magnolia Grill.
Nick Powell: We’re pretty sad to see it go. Emilee gasped when she read the news.
Emilee Powell: It’s one of our favorite restaurants.
The Powells rushed to the restaurant to try to get a reservation before Magnolia Grill is scheduled to close on May 31st. Ben and Karen Barker opened their neighborhood restaurant in 1986 in a converted grocery store. In a note posted on their website, they thanked their friends, patrons, family, and those they learned from and mentored. But the note also said they want to re-direct and seek new challenges in order to be successful, vibrant and active old people. Summer Kauffman stood in line in the heat yesterday trying to get a reservation.
Summer Kauffman: Yeah we’re really sad to see it go, it’s an institution in Durham. Just want to enjoy it one last time.